(Above) 10k runners (L-R Steven Fall, Sarah Davis, Errin Skingsley, Jane Adams and Louise Kenchington) by Steve Daivs (Below) Marathon runner Matt Hardy and Half Marathon runner Steve Davis by Jane Adams. (below) Colin Miller with his medal for the Studland Stampede
The Bournemouth Marathon Festival took place on 5th and 6th October in the heart of Bournemouth, along the esplanade and pier next to stunning coastal views. DWT members, staff and volunteers ran the 10K, half marathon and full marathon, covering an impressive collective distance of 156.3km (96.4 miles).
A fantastic way of contributing
Louise Kenchington, lives in Bournemouth and ran the 10k in 01:11:38. Louise said: “I have been a member of DWT for a number of years and struggle getting to volunteering events, so this was a different way of contributing as a volunteer. I think it is important to preserve the diversity of wildlife we have in Dorset.”
HR Manager for DWT, Steve Davis, lives in Poole ran the half marathon in 02.03.31. He regularly runs for local events and wanted to support the Bournemouth Marathon Festival and wildlife in Dorset. Steve said: “Raising money for DWT seemed like the obvious choice. I have always been passionate about wildlife, and in my role for the trust I get to see the difference donations can make first hand. I was very proud to run for DWT and really enjoyed the race.”
A great atmosphere
Bournemouth local, Steven Fall, ran the 10k in 58:34:00. He is signing up to run again next year for DWT, and particularly enjoyed the atmosphere of the race and the support of the crowds. Steven said: “Having people cheer you on is so important. I felt like the crowd gave me a real buzz, especially running past the pier for the first time when I started to mentally doubt myself.”
First time marathon runner, Matt Hardy, lives in Poole and completed the epic race in 05:03:31. Matt said: “Everyone has done so well, and we’ve saved some wildlife! It’s a great feeling, and I’ve already signed up for next year. I’ve also really enjoyed getting to know my fellow runners and sharing our training stories! I’m pleased the money I have raised will help protect wildlife in Dorset.”
Tough but rewarding
On Sunday 13th October, wildlife supporter Colin Miller ran the gruelling 12k Studland Stampede in an impressive 55 minutes and 43 seconds. The Studland Stampede is a tough off-road running event that races over heath land and sandy beaches, with stunning views of Dorset, including Old Harry Rocks, and Brownsea Island.
Colin, who came 36th out of 386 runners has raised £210.50 in sponsors and donations. Colin said: “The money I raised was a lot more than I expected. I hope that the money helps, and thanks for the great work DWT does throughout Dorset.”
How to get involved
Entries are already being accepted for the Bournemouth Marathon Festival 2014. For more information click here
If you want to find out how you can support DWT through fundraising, click here
Thank you to all our runners!
For more information about this press release contact Sally Welbourn on 01305 264620
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.